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LINGUIST List 21.3924

Tue Oct 05 2010

Calls: Historical Ling/France

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        1.    Thomas Verjans, Disappearances and Linguistic Changes

Message 1: Disappearances and Linguistic Changes
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Thomas Verjans <thomasverjansfree.fr>
Subject: Disappearances and Linguistic Changes
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Full Title: Disappearances and Linguistic Changes

Date: 17-Jun-2011 - 18-Jun-2011
Location: Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Contact Person: Thomas Verjans
Meeting Email: thomasverjansfree.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Jan-2011

Meeting Description:

EA 4509 « Sens, Texte, Informatique, Histoire » - Paris-Sorbonne
« GReLISC » (EA 4178 - Centre Pluridisciplinaire Textes et Cultures) -
Université de Bourgogne

COLLOQUE INTERNATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL MEETING
DISPARITIONS ET CHANGEMENTS LINGUISTIQUES
DISAPPEARANCES AND LINGUISTIC CHANGES

17 ET 18 JUIN 2011

This conference aims to study the phenomenon of disappearances as
linguistic changes in the field of historical linguistics.
In terms of axes, we will focus on, in a non-exclusive way, on the following
areas:

1.Case studies of extinction
The first axis will focus on case studies, conducted within the above
typology and aiming for a better understanding of this type of change.
These studies, best carried out on many typologically distinct languages,
should therefore allow a deeper theoretical understanding of the
phenomena of disappearance, in concordance with certain aspects of the
second axis.

2.Studies of the notion of disappearance
The second aspect concerns the very phenomenon of disappearance. Is it,
as is often supposed, a mere consequence of another fact of change, a
result, or is it a type of change in and of itself? Disappearance may indeed
be conceived of in two ways: a resultative conception - the most widely held
view, taking the disappearance as the consequence of another change -
and a processual conception - that disappearance could be a process of
change, in other words, independent of other processes.In this perspective,
conceiving of disappearance as a process also implies a study of its
relationship with the phenomena of archaisms, likely to constitute a (first)
stage, or on the contrary, to mark a limit indicating failure. More generally,
this amounts to questioning the way in which the disappearance process
occurs, the different stages of its development, its gradience. This, it seems,
is a prerequisite for its integration into the typologies of linguistic change.

3.Theoretical and epistemological issues
This last area opens three sets of questions.
-The first covers the historiography of the concept of disappearance, as
already mentioned, for example, by M. Bréal who spoke of the 'extinction of
useless forms' (1897) or A. Meillet, about the disappearance of the preterite
(1909).
-The second set of questions concerns the status of disappearances in the
general modeling of linguistic change. These are indeed most often
designed to be linked to an original innovation. The principle of a
disappearance conceived of as process seems incompatible with such a
premise.
-Finally, a third set of issues involves questioning its epistemological status.
Indeed, to the extent where we can say, following E. Coseriu, that linguistic
change has its own ontological status, then, as it can be considered a
process, disappearance inherits a similar status and must be able to provide
the knowledge that one can have of language and the activity to which it
corresponds. In addition, its integration as a process has consequences on
the theoretical model to which we resort in order to explain it. As such, the
loss could be, for example, faced with the notion of 'survival scenario'
developed by J. Nichols (2003).

Procedure de Soumisison/Submission Procedure

Lieu / Localization : Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Date : 17-18 juin 2011

Communications : 30min. + 10 min. de discussion

Les propositions de communications (500 mots, format .doc, .rtf, .pdf)
devront être adressées par voie électronique sous forme anonyme à
c.badiou.monferranfree.fr; thomasverjansfree.fr avant le 7 janvier 2011,
le corps du message devant contenir le nom de l'auteur, son affiliation, son
adresse électronique et le titre de la communication proposée. Elles seront
évaluées anonymement et la notification d'acceptation sera envoyée le 20
février 2011.

Proposals (500 words, .doc, .rtf, .pdf) should be submitted anonymously by
mail at c.badiou.monferranfree.fr; thomasverjansfree.fr, before the 7th
January. Name, affiliation, email address and title of the proposals should
be included in the mail. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed and
notification of acceptance will be sent out from 20th February 2011.

Langues/languages: français et anglais/French and English

Les communications devraient faire l'objet d'une
publication/Communications
should be published.

Comité d'organisation/Organization comittee:
Claire Badiou-Monferran (Université Paris-Sorbonne) :
c.badiou.monferranfree.fr
Thomas Verjans (Université de Bourgogne) : thomasverjansfree.fr

Comité scientifique/Scientific comittee:
Annie Bertin (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre), Sonia Branca (Paris 3),
Joëlle
Ducos (Paris-Sorbonne), Benjamin Fagard (CNRS-Lattice), Jean-Marie
Fournier (Paris 3), Julie Glikman (Lattice, Paris Ouest Nanterre), Philippe
Monneret (Université de Bourgogne), Gilles Siouffi (Montpellier 3).

Conférenciers invités/Invited speakers:
Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot (Tel Aviv)
Peter Koch (Tübingen)
Christianne Marchello-Nizia (ENS-LSH)
Olivier Soutet (Paris-Sorbonne)
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